Baha'U'LLah

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Bah'au'llah Thuh FrsT Baha'i Guardian

Baha’u’llah is [a] Manifestation of God for this age – a human being who manifests divine qualities and attributes, and reveals God’s Word for [our world]. He is not God incarnate. He gave the world a new Revelation from God to advance humanity’s condition, materially and spiritually.

“Baha’u’llah” is a spiritual title in Arabic, that means “Glory” or “Splendor of Allah (God)”. Allah is the name of the creator of the universe in Islam, and the same God (EL) of Judaism. Alaha is the Aramaic name for God used by Yeshua=Iesous (A.K.A. Jesus Christ)

Baha’u’llah lived from 1817 to 1892. He was born in Tehran, Persia, in present day Iran. His name was Mirza Husayn-‘Ali Nuri. He was the son of Mirza ‘Abbas of Nur, a Shi’ah Muslim government official and estate owner. His ancestral lineage descended from the Sassanian dynasty of ancient Persia, and the prophets Zoroaster and Abraham.

Baha’u’llah proclaimed the oneness of God and the unity of all humanity, that from Allah, all come, and unto Allah, all shall return. He taught that all major religions have been revealed by one God, that each Prophet-Founder of each is a Manifestation of God, and that each revealed a progressive stage in the spiritual evolution and civilization of humanity. He renewed and revealed a system of religious principles, practices, laws and institutions for the establishment of the Kingdom of God on Earth.

Baha’is are Baha’u’llah’s followers. The name, Baha’I, means “of Baha”. Baha’is recognize him as the Founder of an independent world religion. He is believed to be the fulfillment of many religions’ prophecies that foretold the coming of a promised One who would be a Light of divine guidance for all humanity, and establish an age of peace and justice. Baha’u’llah is believed to be the One foretold by Yeshua, (Jesus) the Christ, who would come in the “glory of the father”, and be the “spirit of truth”. Baha’is believe He is the promised return of the Messiah in Judeo-Christian and Islamic prophecy. Some believe He is a descendant of David, the prophet/king of Israel, through the lineage of the exiled monarchs of the kingdom of Judah that converted to Shi’ah Islam.

Baha’u’llah was heralded by Siyyid ‘Ali – Muhammad (1819-1850) who lived in Shiraz, Iran. His Herald assumed the spiritual title “The Bab” which means “the Gate” of God. The Bab proclaimed himself to be “the Qa’im” (“He who will arise”) as the return of the Hidden Imam in the prophetic tradition of Twelver Shi’ism of Islam, and the “Mahdi” (“Guided One”) foretold by the Prophet Muhammad. The Bab taught his followers to expect the imminent appearance of “Man-Yuzhir’u’llah” (“Him Whom God Will Make Manifest”) that would bring a divinely blessed World Order. Baha’u’llah received His spiritual title, “Baha”, from the Bab.

Baha’u’llah was one of the most prominent of the Bab’s supporters, the Babis, and after the Bab’s martyrdom in 1850 became the community’s leader. Baha’u’llah revealed numerous Tablets, similar in eloquence and power to the Surahs (Chapters) of the Qu’ran. Among His most well known early revelations are the “Hidden Words”, and the “Book of Certitude”. After He publicly declared his spiritual mission in 1863 and that He was the One promised by the Bab, He began to write the kings and rulers of the world, announced His appearance, and invited their recognition and support.

Baha’u’llah was subjected to torture, imprisonment and exile by the Qajar dynasty of Persia, and imprisonment by the Ottoman Sultanate because of his religious claims which were denounced as heretical and subversive. His family estates were looted and property confiscated. His majestic and dignified bearing of these injustices is outstanding. Thousands of his followers have been martyred and continue to suffer active persecution even in recent years. His final imprisonment (1868-1877) was in the fortress city of Akka, located in present day Israel, just north of Haifa, and Mount Carmel. His abode in the land of Israel, not of his own accord, fulfilled prophecies from the Old and New Testament about the coming of the “Glory of the Lord”, “Prince of Peace”, “Father” and “Lord of hosts” (Yahweh Sabbaoth) to the “Strong City” (Akka), on the plains of Sharon, and nearby Mount Carmel, the Vineyard of God.

Isaiah prophesied, “the Glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.”

(Isaiah 35:2)

In the later years of His life (1877-1892), Baha’u’llah, though He remained officially a prisoner of the Ottoman Empire, enjoyed a measure of freedom, and walked the slopes of Mount Carmel. There He revealed the Tablet of Carmel (1891) that envisioned the establishment of a new World Order inspired by his Revelation. Baha’u’llah wrote the “Book of the Covenant” wherein He appointed His son, ‘AbduL Baha, “the Most Mighty Branch” to be the one to whom all Baha’is were to turn for guidance after Baha’u’llah’s death.

Kitab-i-Ahd (THE BOOK OF THE EVERLASTING COVENANT OF GOD)

Although the Most High Horizon is devoid of trivial possessions of the earth, we have nevertheless bequeathed unto our heirs a noble and peerless heritage within the treasure-house of trust and resignation.

We have left no treasure, nor have We added to man's pains.

By the life of God! In earthly riches fear is hidden and peril is concealed. Consider, then take warning by what the God of Mercy hath revealed in the Qur'an (104:1-2): "Woe unto those who malign and speak evil of their fellows; who hoard earthly goods and count their riches."

Earthly possessions are unstable; wherefore whatsoever passeth or suffereth vicissitudes is unworthy of regard except to a limited measure.

In bearing hardships and tribulations and in revealing verses and expounding proofs, it has been the purpose of this oppressed One to extinguish the fire of hate and animosity, that, haply, the horizons of the hearts of mankind be illumined with the light of concord and attain real tranquillity.

The light of the following utterance shineth from the horizon of the Divine Tablet, which should be observed by all: O peoples of the world! I counsel you to act in a manner which shall tend to elevate your stations. Cling to divine virtue and obey the divine law. Truly I say, the tongue is for mentioning what is good; do not defile it by evil speech. "God hath forgiven your past ways."[1]; You must henceforth speak that which is worthy. Shun reviling, maligning, and whatsoever will offend your fellow men.

Man's station is great. Ere this, the following exalted words have flowed forth from the pen of Abha:

This is a Day great and blessed. Whatsoever is hidden in man is today being revealed. The station of man is great, were he to cling to truth and righteousness and be firm and steadfast in the Cause. Before the God of Mercy, a true man appears like unto heaven. The sun and moon of that heaven are his sight and hearing, and its stars are his shining attributes. His station is the highest and his signs are the educator of the world.

In this Day, every believer who discovered the fragrance of the garment and turned with a pure heart unto the most high horizon is indeed recorded in the Crimson Tablet as of the people of the Baha.

Hold the chalice of My grace in My Name. Then drain it in My mention, the Mighty, the Wonderful!

O people of the world! The religion of God is to create love and unity; do not make it the cause of enmity or discord. All that is regarded by men of insight and the people of the most lofty outlook as the means for safeguarding and effecting the peace and tranquillity of man, has flowed from the Supreme Pen. But the ignorant ones who are the victim of self and desire, are heedless of the consummate wisdom of the truly Wise One, and their words and deeds are the prompted by fancy and superstition.

O ye chosen of God and His trusted ones! Kings are the manifestors of God's power and the source of His majesty and affluence. Pray ye on their behalf. The government of the earth hath been vouchsafed unto them.But the hearts of men He decreed unto Himself. He forbade conflict and strife — a rigid prohibition in the Book. This is a Decree of God in this most great Manifestion; and God hath preserved it from annulment and clothed it with the broidered garment of confirmation. Verily, He is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise!

It is incumbent upon everyone to aid those daysprings of authority and sources of command who are adorned with the raiment of equity and justice. Blessed are the rulers and learned in el-Baha! They verily are My trustees amongst My servants and the manifestations of My commandments amidst My people. Upon them rest My glory, My blessings and My grace which have pervaded the world of being. In this connection the utterances revealed in the Kitab-i-Aqdas (the Most Holy Book) are such that from the horizon of their words the light of divine grace shineth luminous and resplendant.[2]

O My Branches! A mighty power and supreme potency is hidden and concealed in the world being. Focus your gaze upon it and upon the direction of its unity, not upon the differences which are apparent therein.

The Test of God is this: God's Will and Testament enjoins upon the branches, the twigs, and the kinsfolk, one and all, to gaze upon the most great Branch. Consider what We have revealed in My Book of Aqdas, to wit:

"When the sea of My Presence is exhausted and the Book of Origin hath reached its end, turn ye unto Him ('AbduL Baha) the One Whom God hath Purposedwho is desired by GodHe Who hath branched from this Ancient Root."[3]

The purpose of this sacred verse is the Most Great Branch. Thus have We declared the matter as a favor on Our part, and We are the Gracious, the Beneficient!

God hath, verily, decreed the station of the great Branch to be beneath that of the Most Great Branch. Verily, He is the Wise Ordainer. We have chosen el-Akbar after the el-'Azam, as a command on the part of God, the All-Knowing, the Omniscient.

All must regard the other Branches (Aghsan) with affection, but God hath not decreed unto them any right to the people's property.

O My Aghsan, My Afnan, and My kinsfolk! I counsel you to manifest divine virtue, and to act in accord with the Law and with whatsoever is befitting and will elevate your stations.

Truly I say, virtue is the greatest commander which leads the Cause of God to victory, and the legions which deserve this commander are pure, sanctified and praiseworthy deeds and attributes.

Say: O servants! Do not make the cause of order a cause of disorder, nor the means of unity a means for disunity. It is hoped that the people of Baha will observe the sacred verse: "Say: All are created by God!" This lofty utterance is like unto water for quenching the fire of hate and hostility which is hidden and stored in men's hearts and minds. This single utterance will cause the various sects and creeds to attain the light of true unity. Verily He speaketh truth and guideth to the right path; and He is the Mighty, the Glorious, the Omnipotent.

For the honor of the Cause and the promotion of the Word—it is necessary that all shall respect and have regard for the Branches (Aghsan). This command has been recorded once and again in the Divine Book. Blessed is he who obeys whatsoever hath been ordained on the part of God, the Ancient of Days. All shall also have respect for the women-members of Our household (Holy Leaves) and for the Afnan and kinsfolk. We likewise counsel you to serve humanity, all nations, and strive for the betterment of the world.

All that leads to the quickening of the peoples and the salvation of the world hath been revealed from the Kingdom of Revelation by the Lord of all mankind. Hearken to the exhortations of the Supreme Pen with ideal ears. These are preferable unto you above all that is upon the earth. Whereunto beareth witness this, My Wonderful and My Blessed, My Most Mighty Document!

Baha U LLah RohT Thuh KiTab I Ahd Wich In EengLish Iz "Book Of The Covanant" Uv Baha u LLah.

KITÁB-I-‘AHD (Book of the Covenant)

ALTHOUGH the Realm of Glory hath none of the vanities of the world, yet within the treasury of trust and resignation We have bequeathed to Our heirs an excellent and priceless Heritage. Earthly treasures We have not bequeathed, nor have We added such cares as they entail. By God! In earthly riches fear is hidden and peril is concealed. Consider ye and call to mind that which the All-Merciful hath revealed in the Qur’án: ‘Woe betide every slanderer and defamer, him that layeth up riches and counteth them.’ 1 Fleeting are the riches of the world; all that perisheth and changeth is not, and hath never been, worthy of attention, except to a recognized measure.

The aim of this Wronged One in sustaining woes and tribulations, in revealing the Holy Verses and in demonstrating proofs hath been naught but to quench the flame of hate and enmity, that the horizon of the hearts of men may be illumined with the light of concord and attain real peace and tranquillity. From the dawning-place of the divine Tablet the day-star of this utterance shineth resplendent, and it behoveth everyone to fix his gaze upon it: We exhort you, O peoples of the world, to observe that which will elevate your station. Hold fast to the fear of God and firmly adhere to what is right. Verily I say, the tongue is for mentioning what is good, defile it not with unseemly talk. God hath forgiven what is past. Henceforward everyone 220 should utter that which is meet and seemly, and should refrain from slander, abuse and whatever causeth sadness in men. Lofty is the station of man! Not long ago this exalted Word streamed forth from the treasury of Our Pen of Glory: Great and blessed is this Day—the Day in which all that lay latent in man hath been and will be made manifest. Lofty is the station of man, were he to hold fast to righteousness and truth and to remain firm and steadfast in the Cause. In the eyes of the All-Merciful a true man appeareth even as a firmament; its sun and moon are his sight and hearing, and his shining and resplendent character its stars. His is the loftiest station, and his influence educateth the world of being.

Every receptive soul who hath in this Day inhaled the fragrance of His garment and hath, with a pure heart, set his face towards the all-glorious Horizon is reckoned among the people of Bahá in the Crimson Book. Grasp ye, in My Name, the chalice of My loving-kindness, drink then your fill in My glorious and wondrous remembrance.

O ye that dwell on earth! The religion of God is for love and unity; make it not the cause of enmity or dissension. In the eyes of men of insight and the beholders of the Most Sublime Vision, whatsoever are the effective means for safeguarding and promoting the happiness and welfare of the children of men have already been revealed by the Pen of Glory. But the foolish ones of the earth, being nurtured in evil passions and desires, have remained heedless of the consummate wisdom of Him Who is, in truth, the All-Wise, while their words and deeds are prompted by idle fancies and vain imaginings.

O ye the loved ones and the trustees of God! Kings are the manifestations of the power, and the daysprings of the might and riches, of God. Pray ye on their behalf. He hath invested them with the rulership of the earth and hath singled out the hearts of men as His Own domain.

Conflict and contention are categorically forbidden in His Book. This is a decree of God in this Most Great Revelation. It is divinely preserved from annulment and is invested by Him with the splendour of His confirmation. Verily He is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

It is incumbent upon everyone to aid those daysprings of authority and sources of command who are adorned with the ornament of equity and justice. Blessed are the rulers and the learned among the people of Bahá. They are My trustees among My servants and the manifestations of My commandments amidst My people. Upon them rest My glory, My blessings and My grace which have pervaded the world of being. In this connection the utterances revealed in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas are such that from the horizon of their words the light of divine grace shineth luminous and resplendent.
O ye My Branches! A mighty force, a consummate power lieth concealed in the world of being. Fix your gaze upon it and upon its unifying influence, and not upon the differences which appear from it.

The Will of the divine Testator is this: It is incumbent upon the Aghsán, the Afnán and My Kindred to turn, one and all, their faces towards the Most Mighty Branch. Consider that which We have revealed in Our Most Holy Book: ‘When the ocean of My presence hath ebbed and the Book of My Revelation is ended, turn your faces toward Him Whom God hath purposed, Who hath branched from this Ancient Root.’ The object of this sacred verse is none other except the Most Mighty Branch ( ‘AbduL Baha ). Thus have We graciously revealed unto you Our potent Will, and I am verily the Gracious, the All-Powerful. Verily God hath ordained the station of the Greater Branch ( Muhammad ALi ) to be beneath that of the Most Great Branch ( ‘Abdul Baha ). He is in truth the Ordainer, the All-Wise. We have chosen ‘the Greater’ after ‘the Most Great’, as decreed by Him Who is the All-Knowing, the All-Informed.

It is enjoined upon everyone to manifest love towards the Aghsán, but God hath not granted them any right to the property of others.

O ye My Aghsán, My Afnán and My Kindred! We exhort you to fear God, to perform praiseworthy deeds and to do that which is meet and seemly and serveth to exalt your station. Verily I say, [reverence] of God is the greatest commander that can render the Cause of God victorious, and the hosts which best befit this commander have ever been and are an upright character and pure and goodly deeds.

Say: O servants! Let not the means of order be made the cause of confusion and the instrument of union an occasion for discord. We fain would hope that the people of Bahá may be guided by the blessed words: ‘Say: all things are of God.’ This exalted utterance is like unto water for quenching the fire of hate and enmity which smouldereth within the hearts and breasts of men. By this single utterance contending peoples and kindreds will attain the light of true unity. Verily He speaketh the truth and leadeth the way. He is the All-Powerful, the Exalted, the Gracious.
It is incumbent upon everyone to show courtesy to, and have regard for the Aghsán, that thereby the Cause of God may be glorified and His Word exalted. This injunction hath time and again been mentioned and recorded in the Holy Writ. Well is it with him who is enabled to achieve that which the Ordainer, the Ancient of Days hath prescribed for him. Ye are bidden moreover to respect the 223 members of the Holy Household, the Afnán and the kindred. We further admonish you to serve all nations and to strive for the betterment of the world.

That which is conducive to the regeneration of the world and the salvation of the peoples and kindreds of the earth hath been sent down from the heaven of the utterance of Him Who is the Desire of the world. Give ye a hearing ear to the counsels of the Pen of Glory. Better is this for you than all that is on the earth. Unto this beareth witness My glorious and wondrous Book.